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Open Thread: No. 23 UConn vs. Memphis, 7 p.m. | TV: ESPN2

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UConn, Memphis set to meet in big American showdown at Gampel Pavilion.

UConn will need another big night from Shonn Miller.
UConn will need another big night from Shonn Miller.
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The UConn men's basketball team needs a win over Memphis Saturday night.

Coming off a loss to Temple at the XL Center Tuesday night, the Huskies are teetering at 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference. With UConn's other three losses coming to Syracuse, Gonzaga and Maryland, a road win at Texas is the best on the Huskies' resume right now.

Memphis comes in at 10-4, same as the Huskies. Like UConn, the Tigers have a win over Tulane in conference play, but that is their only conference game so far.

As mentioned in the preview earlier today, Memphis is playing mediocre basketball offensively, but its defense is among the best in the nation. And while the Tigers are struggling shooting the ball, they get to the free throw line at a better rate than all but two teams in the country.

UConn has been struggling to shoot the last few games, especially when the guards penetrate the lane. Sterling Gibbs is 0-for-15 inside the 3-point line over the last three games.

Tonight's game is on ESPN2. Mike Cousins will replace Mike Patrick on play-by-play, with Doris Burke as color commentator. A nice announcing team for what should be a good game.

Memphis swept UConn last year, winning March 5 at Gampel Pavilion on a running floater by Shaq Goodwin with seconds remaining.

Have thoughts on tonight's game? Itching to vent about the Huskies' struggles in recent games? Share your thoughts below in our open thread. The Temple game generated some great conversation. Keep it going.